The only thing worth getting hooked on is positivity. The New Year is a great time to develop a positive addiction, beginning with shedding the negativity in your life. Here are a few things to consider changing:
- Communicate in positive tones. If you’re hurt or fearful, making someone else feel poorly only makes the situation worse. Change your negative remarks to more positive ones, or try saying nothing at all.
- Surround yourself with positive people. If family, friends or colleagues are bringing you down, try to limit your interactions with these folks until you cultivate a way not to react to their negativity. You can’t change them, only yourself. When they see you’re not willing to take their negative bait, they’ll change or look elsewhere.
- Read and watch positive media. I’m not giving up my James Bond but I’m happy to take a “news fast” on occasion. It’s depressing. Walking away from negative stimuli opens room for more positive mind-building media.
- Check to make sure you’re not a source of negativity. I have a client who is incredibly negative. While our work together addresses this challenge, unless she changes, her negativity has been, and will be, a huge roadblock for her career advancement. She, like all of us, may feel that we’re just making small talk, but words can draw others down. Watch how much you complain, gossip and speak in negative tones. You may not hear it, but others do.
Personal Challenge: Figure out what negativity to let go of and how you can adopt positive additions.
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